updated 6/19/2005 11:40:19 AM ET 2005-06-19T15:40:19

The Iraqi government announced Sunday it had arrested a suspected member of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaida in Iraq, a man it claimed was responsible for building car bombs and carrying out more than 60 bombings around the capital.

Musaab Kasser Abdul Rahman Hassan, known as Abu Younis, was arrested on May 26 during an operation in Baghdad, the government said in a statement.

“The terrorist Abu Younis is one of the extremists who has close ties to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and is the mastermind of more than 60 terrorist attacks in Baghdad, targeting governmental officials and Iraqi army and police” it said.

The announcement added that the “terrorist confessed to making more than 20 car bombs ... in addition to recruiting foreign suicide attackers.”

Separately, the U.S. military announced Sunday that American and Iraqi soldiers had captured six suspected insurgents in raids the day before around central and southern Baghdad — including someone it described as “a specifically identified terror cell financier.”

The military said the house of one detainee contained a “variety of devices used to make car bombs and roadside bombs, including vehicle foot pedal switches, mechanical timers, switches and relays.”

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